What is World Suicide Prevention Day?

World Suicide Prevention Day is held each year on 10 September. It’s an annual awareness raising event organised by International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) and the World Health Organisation (WHO).

Why is it so Important?

More than 800,000 people take their lives each year across the world and in the UK and ROI, more than 6,000 people die by suicide a year – an average of 18 a day.

Reaching out to people who are going through a difficult time can be a game changer. People who are feeling low or suicidal often feel worthless and think that no-one cares. Small things like hearing from friends or family, feeling listened to or just being told that ‘it’s ok to talk’ can make a huge difference.

How can you help raise awareness of Suicide Prevention?

This year the Great North Run is taking place on Sunday 10th September 2017 – World Suicide Prevention Day and in order to try and raise awareness of this Washington Mind are asking people to wear one of their yellow ribbons in the run alongside their chosen charity during the Great North Run.

What does the yellow ribbon represent?

A yellow ribbon represents World Suicide Prevention Day and by wearing it we hope to spread the word that by speaking about suicide prevention we can save lives.

How can you get a yellow ribbon?

If you or your team are running in the Great North Run this year and would like to help raise awareness at the event, get in touch with Washington Mind (message on Facebook, call 0191 417 8043 or email info@washingtonmind.org.uk) and they can send you the yellow ribbons (for free) to wear on the day!